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Special Appropriations

The City of Raleigh Special Appropriations budget reflects services or functions that are not specifically associated

with a particular department. These functions are grouped into six categories: Employee Benefits,

Intergovernmental Payments, Non-departmental Expenses, Risk Management, Transfers to Other Funds and

Municipal Service Districts.

Employee Benefits:

The Employee Benefits category budgets the city's contribution toward health and life

insurance for retirees, workers compensation and unemployment.

Intergovernmental Payments:

Intergovernmental payments include items such as tax billing and collections and

the municipal service districts in downtown Raleigh and along Hillsborough Street.

Non-Departmental Expenses:

Non-departmental expenses include operating costs not associated with a specific

department. These include postage, safety shoes, Council contingency and the maintenance and operations


Risk Management:

The risk management accounts fund a portion of the Risk Management Internal Service Fund.

As in the past, direct expenses of risk management will be paid from the Internal Service Fund.

Transfers to Other Funds:

Transfers to Other Funds include transfers made from the General Fund to other

funds. Transfers to the General Debt Service Fund, Technology Fund, General Public Improvements Capital

Projects Fund and Park Improvement Fund represent the General Fund contributions to the city’s debt service and

five-year capital program. Transfers are also made to Public Transit, Parking Operations, Convention and

Performing Arts Center, Solid Waste Services and Community Development funds. These funds are operated as

business-like enterprise funds, but are partially supported with General Fund dollars.

Municipal Service Districts:

There are two municipal service districts (MSD) in the City including the Downtown

MSD and the Hillsborough Street MSD. In September 2015, the State of NC adopted legislation impacting the

process by which cities contract with private agencies to provide services within a municipal service district. To

comply with the state legislation, the City determined the scope of service and criteria, provided for an RFP

process, provided opportunities for public input and, with the FY17 budget, will put in place reporting requirements

for each district service provider.

Through the City’s newly developed MSD RFP process, Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) was selected to provide

services in the Downtown MSD and Hillsborough Street Community Services Corporation (HSCSC) was selected

to provide services in the Hillsborough Street MSD. The scope of services to be delivered in both MSDs address

clean and safe environment, economic development, targeted visitor and marketing communications and conflict

resolution and consensus building services for all MSD residents and property owners. Starting Fall 2017, the City

will perform the tasks associated with the clean environment scope of service for the Downtown MSD. All other

scope of service tasks will be performed by the service providers selected for a four-year term, which the contract

length approved by Council. With the annual budget process, Council will adopt a tax rate and budget for each


For FY17 the tax rate for the Downtown MSD is $.0629 per $100 of assessed property value and the contract